Following Prologue 1 last August, Gabriel was able, against many odds, to complete his first semester at the drama school, whose alumni include legendary American actors Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.
Gabriel uses the word “life-changing” to describe his experiences at the school which he began last September.
Most notably his opportunity to study with Master Teacher of the Adler Technique, Ron Burrus of the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles and Grammy Award winning singer/ songwriter, Janis Ian.
This Friday, he presents True Love at St Dominic’s Pastoral Centre, Diego Martin with a supporting cast of renowned local singers and actors, among them Natalia Dopwell and Marvin Smith. Passionate about music and drama, Gabriel had been performing at home over the last few years.
From his debut as Tony in West Side Story (Caribbean Theatre Productions), to his acclaimed operatic roles as Tamino in The Magic Flute and Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Classical Music Development Foundation), Gabriel says he found his purpose in life.
Particularly so, after he portrayed Marius in Les Miserables (Marionettes Chorale), the role that inspired him to audition as an actor.
In aid of his study-related expenses True Love, which begins at 8 pm, will be an evening of “character, passion and emotion”, Gabriel promises in a press statement.
The piece will be an eclectic combination to highlight his love of both music and drama, and will include Broadway hits, classical arias of the past, adult contemporary of today and more.
The show includes vocalists Nigel Floyd, Aurora Tardieu, John Thomas and Diahann White with musical accompaniment by Jerome Dinchong (piano), Tessa Wallace (viola) and Elijah Brown (violin).
For more information on True Love see the event page on Facebook or call 702- 0947 or, 683-3738.
Tickets are available at the Dominican Book Centre on the grounds of St Finbar’s RC Church, Diego Martin.
Donations toward Gabriel’s education can be made at Republic Bank, Account # 870120565531.